UFC ON ESPN 48: Bonfim vs Saint Denis 07/01/2023 – Ismael Bonfim and Benoit Saint Denis lock horns in a three-round lightweight encounter that is part of the UFC on ESPN 48 main card on Saturday, July 1, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bonfim and Saint Denis are coming off impressive knockout wins in their last matches and are engaging in a slugfest like no other.
Bonfim looks to follow up on his two-round knockout win over Terrance McKinney while Saint Denis aims to extend his two-fight winning streak. The win is important for the campaign of both fighters who are looking to make their name in the 155-pound division. Online UFC picks and parlays are already updated for the betting public to place their bets while awaiting the mixed martial arts clash to unfurl.
UFC ON ESPN 48: Bonfim vs Saint Denis 07/01/2023
|When:||Saturday, July 1, 7:00 PM ET|
|Where:||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Stream:||UFC Fight Pass|
UFC ON ESPN 48: Bonfim vs Saint Denis 07/01/2023 Odds
Bonfim (19-3, 1-0 UFC) has fought in several independent promotions where he won 17 of his 20 matches. The impressive record was his passport to secure an opportunity to fight in Week 7 the Dana White’s Contender Series. The Brazilian was paired to fight with Nariman Abbasov and won via unanimous decision. Months later, he was lined up to fight Terrance McKinney and pulled off a highlight-reel knee strike that knocked his opponent out in the second round. Bonfim was given a Performance of the Night bouns of USD50,000 for his knockout win. The 27-year-old fighter has recorded 13 finishes (nine knockouts and four submissions) in his 19 wins.
However, his losses were all by submissions, meaning that he could end up trapped in a mat and fall prey to a submission attempt. He has landed 5.34 significant strikes per minute at a 57% accuracy rate. Bonfim has been brilliant on defense, defending 78% of the strikes and absorbed 2.65 strikes per minute. In terms of grappling, the Brazilian has averaged 1.35 takedowns per 15 minutes at an accuracy rate of 28%. He has stopped all of his opponents’ takedowns.
Benoit Saint Denis
Saint Denis (10-1, 1 NC, 2-1 UFC) has been amazing in his last two fights in the UFC, winning both matches via stoppage. He forced Niklas Stolze to tap out to a rear-naked choke in the second round in June and almost three months later, knocked out Gabriel Miranda in the 16-second mark of the second round. The fighter known as the “God of War” has stopped all of his foes with eight of them coming by submissions. He has not been stopped in his career as his only loss was via unanimous decision.
The Frenchman has landed 4.37 significant strikes per minute at a rate of 52%. His defense against strikes is a mediocre 41% as he has allowed 6.72 of the strikes to land on his body and his face. Saint Denis has excelled in grappling with an average of 3.36 takedowns per 15 minutes. His accuracy rate is 30%. He has held down 85% of the takedowns attempted against him and averaged 1.12 submissions per 15 minutes.
Bonfim vs Saint Denis Betting Numbers
|Win by KO/TKO||47%||20%|
|Win by Submission||21%||80%|
|Strikes landed per minute||N/A||N/A|
|Striking absorbed per minute||N/A||N/A|
Bonfim vs Saint Denis Betting Picks
Bonfim and Saint Denis face each other in an explosive lightweight encounter that will have big implications to both fighters moving forward. Both fighters are known for their abilities to finish opponents and have pulled off amazing knockout maneuvers in their previous matches. Although Saint Denis may have the advantage in terms of UFC experience with three matches on his belt, Bonfim has been a veteran in various fight leagues overseas and has won 19 of his 22 matches overall.
The Brazilian is the top choice by sports oddsmakers but do not take Saint Denis for granted as the Frenchman has proven himself capable of pulling off big wins as evidenced by his technical knockout win over Miranda that handed him a post-fight bonus. Expect the fight to end by stoppage as both fighters are capable of performing highlight-reel finishes that could give excitement to the fans watching live and other forms of media. It would be surprising if the match ends by a decision.